|The Hòa Bình Police seize electric tools used to catch fish. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sinh |Viet Nam News
HÒA BÌNH — Twenty-six households in Vầy Nưa Commune, Đà Bắc District in the northern province of Hòa Bình, volunteered to hand over their electric systems used to illegally catch fish to commune authorities.
Four others destroyed their electric system on their own.
Vầy Nưa Commune is a hot spot for illegally catching fish with electricity along the Hòa Bình River, and the incident was reported by the press.
Upon receiving the information, Hòa Bình Province’s People’s Committee, the provincial police and local authorities began educating residents since May.
A total of 170 households signed a commitment not to use electricity to catch fish.
Bùi Văn Kỳ, chairman of the Vầy Nưa Commune People’s Committee, said if a household intentionally used electricity to catch fish, the committee would cut off all financial support from different projects in the commune provided to the household.
Waterway police, meanwhile, strengthened patrolling along the Hòa Bình River, seized four sets of electricity used to catch fish and administered fines of VNĐ12 million (US$530) on violators.
Colonel Phạm Văn Sử, deputy director of the Hòa Bình Police, said the incident was controlled at the outset.
In the long term, the police will continue to educate residents and impose strict penalties on violators.
“District authorities should set up policies to create jobs for local and help them stabilise their lives,” he said. — VNS